“We’re not completely certain what happened, but it’s likely we’ve thrown a rod. We won’t know for sure until we get the car back to Perth. It was going great but then the engine let go without warning”, explained Dean Herridge at the end of a long day.
“Over the years we’ve not had too many problems like this. But we run these engines under a fair bit of stress, so you have to expect things like this from time-to-time. Both Graham and John are going well, so we’ll now concentrate on helping them to get the best result we can.”
Meanwhile, the other Maximum cars has trouble-free runs today. In the 4WD Showroom class John O’Dowd maintained his 5th place, while Graham Iddles moved the #985 Seibon Carbon Subaru up into 18th place.
Tomorrow the crews head out on the long journey to Strahan, on the Tasmanian west coast. A day earlier than on previous years, leg 3 includes the fast Cethana stage, the tricky Hellyer Gorge, and concludes with the long Rinadeena stage in Strahan.
Targa Tasmania 2012 – Leg 2
1. Jason White / John White, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo, 8m36s
2. Tony Quinn / Naomi Tillett, 2009 Nissan GTR, +48s
3. Matt Close / Casey Close, 2010 Audi TT RS, +1m00s
4. Brendan Reeves / Rhianon Smyth, 2010 Mazda RX8 SP, +1m56s
5. Matt Sims / Dennis Sims, 2009 Nissan GTR, +2m06s
Photos courtesy of Perfect Pictures and Targa Tasmania – www.targatasmania.com.au